Jacquelyn Smith recently published an article on Forbes.com, “16 Things you should do at the End of Every Work Day.” The list was composed of simple things that can make a huge difference in the way you feel when you leave the office and the way you feel when you return the next day. Here are a few that really stood out.
- Tidy up. Clean up your physical space and electronic space. Organize any lose papers. Delete any junk mail or repetitive conversation in group emails. Coming in to a messy desk or a full email account can make the start of your day feel overwhelming.
- Make a new to-do-list. This is a great way to examine what you accomplished today and what you need to accomplished tomorrow. Like in the previous post, Plan Your Way to a More Productive Schedule, having a path created to achieve business goals will cause things to go more smoothly and more productively.
- Resist last minute, low priority e-mail and calls. If someone waits until the last minute to reach out to you about a project or a question you have two choices, address it after business hours and reinforce the idea that this behavior is okay or wait until regular hours and show them your need for boundaries. While this cannot always be avoided continuous late or last minute requests for actions show a lack of respect for the other person’s time. Yes, you want to be able to assist your clients and coworkers whenever they need but you have to maintain a work life balance. If a client or coworker has an emergency need do what you can to resolve the issue. But, if they are constantly abusing your time with non-emergency issues kindly let them know you will address their concern during business hours. One suggestion is to create an automatic response in your inbox to emails sent after a certain time instructing the receiver to call your cell phone ONLY in the event of an emergency. Create a similar message for your office phone or work cell phone.
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